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U.S. Under-18 MNT Falls to Norway at Lisbon International

LISBON, Portugal (May 21, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team fell to Norway, 2-0, in their opening match of the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal.

The U.S. was unable to rebound from a pair of early goals, finding themselves already down two in the seventh minute. In the fifth minute, Helland played a cross in from the left side that Berget headed past U.S. goalkeeper Larry Jackson.

Two minutes later, the pair hooked up again, with Helland playing the ball to the top of the box for Berget, who brought the ball down to his feet and hit a low shot to double Norway's lead. The remainder of the game was scoreless, and Norway held on to win 2-0.

The U.S. will face hosts Portugal on May 22.

U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report

Participants: USA U-18 MNT vs. Norway
Competition: Lisbon International Tournament
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: May 21, 2008
Weather: Sunny

Scoring Summary:
           1st   2nd   Final
USA    0     0        0
NOR   2     0       2

NOR-  Berget (Helland)     5th minute
NOR - Berget (Helland)     7.

USA: 24-Larry Jackson, 15-Jose Diaz, 14-Francklin Blaise, 6-Chad Barson, 7-Harrison Petts, 4-Eder Arreola (3-Paolo Delpiccolo, 82), 5-Amobi Okugo (13-Andrew Quintana, 75), 16-Bryan Dominguez, 11-Austin Roman (12-Nick Millington, 46), 10-Dersu Abolfathi (8-Tristan Bowen, 46), 9-Adam Jahn (23-Donny Toia, 75)

Subs not used: 18-Alex Long, 2-Steven Birnbaum

Head Coach: Bob Jenkins

NOR: 1-Nyland, 2-Johansen, 3-Landaas, 4-Strandberg, 5-Tollas (14-Solli, 89), 6-Mankowitz (18-Diskerud, 46), 7-Konradsen (16-Karlsen, 46;10-Melhus, 70), 8-Berget, 11-Ketita (17-C.Jensen, 46), 13-Helland (9-K.Jensen), 15-Eikrem

Subs not used: 12-Kristiansen

Head Coach: Oivind Nilsen

Statistical Summary:
Shots 5 / 15
Saves 5 / 3
Fouls 9 / 13
Corner Kicks 4 / 7
Offside 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Larry Jackson (caution) 3rd minute
NOR - C.Jensen (caution) 48th minute
NOR - Berget (caution) 53rd minute